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In its 2010 online publication of the worlds best 20 skylines, Hong Kong topped New York City as having the best skyline in the world, CNN saying that Hong Kong makes the picture-perfect two-dimensional skyline both during the day and night. With iconic buildings set before the majestic Victoria Peak in the background, Hong Kong barely topped its only true rival, New York City and the Manhattan Skyline.
In terms of skylines, Hong Kong Island is in elite company with New York City. Which is truly the best is open to debate, both easily being able to make the claim. Like NYC, visitors to Hong Kong have a difficult time not seeing the Skyline as it permiates and dominates much of the highly concentrated areas, regularly visited in lower Kowloon in the district known as Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) and across Victoria Harbour on Hong Kong Island. You can't help but have many opportunities to admire the views.
There are many places to view Hong Kong's lovely skyline. The most popular place is the TST Promenade and Avenue of Stars, looking over
Victoria Harbour directly at the Hong Kong Island skyline. This image is
beautiful in the morning and when the sun is at your back, allowing you to see
the skyline with a blue sky behind Victoria Peak. However, the very best time
to see the fantastic Hong Kong skyline is at night when the buildings are lit
up and reflecting off of the harbour.
From Kowloon, you can also enjoy excellent views of the Hong Kong Skyline from several bars on high floors; such as the popular Aqua Bar (30/f of Peking One Road) or the new and incredibly high Sky 100 and Ozone Bar (118th/f) at the International Commerce Center (ICC). Other popular Kowloon based viewing areas include Felix Bar at the famous Peninsula Hotel as well as the lobby and restaurants at the Intercontinental Hotel.
You can also enjoy the skyline by taking the famous Star
Ferry, Aqua Luna or other ferry ship across the lovely Victoria Harbour. This
is also a very popular way to view the skyline as you can have a look at both
sides of the harbour.
From Hong Kong Island views of the Kowloon skyline are quite
nice from the Star Ferry piers, the IFC building and shopping mall in Central
and from various points in Admiralty, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay where you can
grab a view of the harbour.
However the best views from the HK Island side come from visiting the world
famous Victoria Peak with its glamorous views of HK Island skyscrapers,
Victoria Harbor and the Kowloon Skyline. Like views from the TST Promenade,
this classic postcard image is good in the morning, evening and when the sun is
at your back. But the best view is in the evening when you can see the endless
skyscrapers against the darkness of night.
The major limitation to the Hong Kong Skyline is the poor air quality often occurs in Hong Kong, compared to the many beautiful days you might have in New York City. Hong Kong routinely has long stretches of poor visibility so it is possible to visit for entire week and not get a single day with very good visibility.
Knowing this, visitors can plan better for their HK trip, being flexible with their schedules and ready to spend time on and near the harbour when they have days with clear skies. This is the best way to ensure that time is allowed for admiring one of the two best skylines in the world.